Suranga Nanayakkara

Suranga Nanayakkara is an Assistant Professor from the Engineering Product Development Pillar at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Before joining SUTD, Suranga was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Fluid Interfaces group, MIT Media Lab. He received his PhD in 2010 and BEng in 2005 from the National University of Singapore. In 2011, he founded the "Augmented Human Lab" to explore ways of creating ‘enabling’ human-computer interfaces as natural extensions of our body, mind and behaviour.

Suranga is among that rare breed of engineers that has a sense of “humanity” in technology. This ranges from practical behavioral issues, understanding real-life contexts in which technologies function, and understanding where technologies can be not just exciting or novel, but have a meaningful impact on the way people live. The connection he feels to the communities in which he lives and with whom he works is a quality that will ensure his research will always have real relevance.

His work is most important to the people whose lives it most directly impacts: those who face challenged to function in the world due to sensory deficits in hearing or vision. What also makes Suranga’s contributions important is that they are not only applicable to those specific communities. Because of his emphasis on “enabling” rather than “fixing,” the technologies that Suranga has developed have a potentially much broader range of applications. With publications in prestigious conferences, demonstrations, patents, media coverage and real-world deployments, Suranga has demonstrated the potential of advancing the state-of-the art in Assistive Human Computer Interfaces. For the totality and breadth of achievements, he has won many awards including young inventor under 35 (TR35 award) in the Asia Pacific region by MIT TechReview, Outstanding Young Persons of Sri Lanka (TOYP), and INK Fellowship 2016.

Personal Page: www.suranga.info

Publications

  • Priya Kamlesh Sridhar, Suranga Nanayakkara. "Development of a Triangulated Framework Understand Cognitive-Emotional States during Learning in Children". Accepted in International Conference of Learning Sciences and Early Childhood Education, 2018.
  • Priya Kamlesh Sridhar, Suranga Nanayakkara . Towards Understanding of Play with Augmented Toys. In Proceedings of the 8th Augmented Human International Conference (AH'17). ACM, Silicon Valley, LA, USA, Article No. 22.
  • Roger Boldu, Haimo Zhang, Juan Pablo, Sachith Muthukumarana and Suranga Nanayakkara. InSight: A Systematic Approach to Create Dynamic Human-Controller-Interactions. In Proceedings of the 8th Augmented Human International Conference (AH'17). ACM, Silicon Valley, LA, USA, Article No. 26. [PDF]
  • Suranga Nanayakkara and Priyashri Kamlesh Sridhar. Towards Understanding of Play with Augmented Toys. In Proceedings of the 8th Augmented Human International Conference (AH'17). ACM, Silicon Valley, LA, USA, Article No. 22. [PDF]
  • Suranga Nanayakkara, Thomas Schroepfer, Lonce Wyse, Aloysius Lian and Anusha Withana. SonicSG: From Floating to Sounding Pixels. In Proceedings of the 8th Augmented Human International Conference (AH'17). ACM, Silicon Valley, LA, USA, Article No. 21. [PDF]
  • Don Samitha Elvitigala, Roshan Peiris, Erik Wilhelm, Shaohui Foong, and Suranga Nanayakkara. GrabAmps: Grab a wire to sense the current flow. In Proceedings of the 8th Augmented Human International Conference (AH'17). ACM, Silicon Valley, LA, USA, Article No. 30. [PDF]
  • Rod, J. Collins, D. Ai, Y. Lee, H. and Nanayakkara, S. C.2017. UTAP-Unique Topographies for Acoustic Propagation: Designing Algorithmic Waveguides for Sensing in Interactive Malleable Interfaces. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interactions (Yokohama, Japan, March 20–23, 2017). TEI’17. ACM, New York, NY, 141-152.
  • Benjamin Petry, Jochen Huber, and Suranga Nanayakkara. Scaffolding the Music Listening and Music Making Experience for the Deaf. In Assistive Augmentation. Springer, Singapore, 23 - 48. Cognitive Science and Technology Series. 2017. [Link]
  • Priya Kamlesh Sridhar, Suranga Nanayakkara. Working with physiotherapists: Lessons learned from project SHRUG. ‘Digital Participation: Engaging Diverse and Marginalized Communities’ Workshop paper in Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction (OzCHI '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA.
  • Priya Kamlesh Sridhar, Suranga Nanayakkara. Towards Development and Evaluation of Tangible Interfaces that Support Learning in Children. ‘Tangible Interaction and Cognition’ Workshop paper in Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction (OzCHI '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA.
  • Benjamin Petry, Juan Pablo Forero, Suranga Nanayakkara. Muss-bits – music-sensory-substitution bits. Singapore Provisional Patent Application: 10201610020P. Filing Date: 29 November 2016.
  • Juan Pablo, J., Fernando, P., Sridhar, P., Withana, A., Nanayakkara, S. C., Steimle, J. and Maes, P. . PostBits: using contextual locations for embedding cloud information in the home. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 2016, (Pages 1-14). [PDF]
  • Don Samitha Elvitigala, Daniel Wessolek, Attila Victor Achenbach, Chanaka Singhabahu, Suranga Nanayakkara, SwimSight: Supporting Deaf Users to Participate in Swimming Games. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction (OzCHI '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 567-570. [PDF] [DOI]
  • Anusha Withana, Shanaka Ransiri, Tharindu Kaluarachchi, Chanaka Singhabahu, Yilei Shi, Samitha Elvitigala, Suranga Nanayakkara, waveSense: Ultra Low Power Gesture Sensing Based on Selective Volumetric Illumination, In proceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST '16) [PDF] [URL]
  • Priya Kamlesh Sridhar, Benjamin Petry, Pavithren V.S. Pakianathan, Ardy Samsir Kartolo, Suranga Nanayakkara. Towards One-Pixel-Displays for Sound Information Visualization. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction (OzCHI '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 91-95. [PDF] [DOI]
  • Bernd Ploderer, Justin Fong, Anusha Withana, Marlena Klaic, Siddharth Nair, Vincent Crocher, Frank Vetere, Suranga Nanayakkara. DIS '16 Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (Pages 700-711 ) [PDF]
  • Kevin Fan, Jean-Marc Seigneur, Jonathan Guislain, Suranga Nanayakkara, Masahiko Inami. Augmented Winter Ski with AR HMD. AH '16 Proceedings of the 7th Augmented Human International Conference 2016 (Article No. 34) [PDF]
  • Kevin Fan, Jean-Marc Seigneur, Suranga Nanayakkara, Masahiko Inami. Electrosmog Visualization through Augmented Blurry Vision. AH '16 Proceedings of the 7th Augmented Human International Conference 2016 (Article No. 35) [PDF]
  • Benjamin Petry, Thavishi Illandara, Suranga Nanayakkara. MuSS-Bits: Sensor-Display Blocks for Deaf People to Explore Musical Sounds. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction (OzCHI '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 72-80. [PDF] [DOI]
  • Benjamin Petry, Thavishi Illandara, Juan Pablo Forero, Suranga Nanayakkara. Ad-Hoc Access to Musical Sound for Deaf Individuals. In Proceedings of the 18th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 285-286. [PDF] [DOI ], [Poster]
  • Juan Pablo Forero Cortés, Tsz Him Ching, Chuyi Wu, Chang Yin Chionh, Suranga Nanayakkara and Shaohui Foong. "BWard: An Optical Approach for Reliable in-situ Early Blood Leakage Detection at Catheter Extraction Points", In Proceedings of 7th IEEE International Conference on Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics (RAM), 2015, 232 - 237. [PDF]
  • Roshan Lalintha Peiris, Vikum Wijesinghe, and Suranga Nanayakkara. 2015. SHRUG: stroke haptic rehabilitation using gaming. In Proceedings of the 6th Augmented Human International Conference (AH '15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 213-214. [PDF]
  • Kin Fuai Yong, Juan Pablo Forero, Shaohui Foong, and Suranga Nanayakkara. 2015. FootNote: designing a cost effective plantar pressure monitoring system for diabetic foot ulcer prevention. In Proceedings of the 6th Augmented Human International Conference (AH '15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 167-168. [PDF]
  • Anusha Withana, Roshan Peiris, Nipuna Samarasekara, and Suranga Nanayakkara. 2015. zSense: Enabling Shallow Depth Gesture Recognition for Greater Input Expressivity on Smart Wearables. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 3661-3670. [PDF]
  • Anusha Withana, Shunsuke Koyama, Daniel Saakes, Kouta Minamizawa, Masahiko Inami and Suranga Nanayakkara. RippleTouch: Initial Exploration of a Wave Resonant Based Full Body Haptic Interface. In Proceedings of the 6th Augmented Human International Conference (AH '15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 61-68. [PDF]
  • Roy Shilkrot*, Jochen Huber*, Meng Ee Wong, Pattie Maes and Suranga Nanayakkara [* equal contribution]. "FingerReader: A Wearable Device to Explore Printed Text on the Go", In CHI ’15: Proceedings of the 2015 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, 2015. [PDF]
  • Jochen Huber, Hasantha Malavipathirana, Yikun Wang, Xinyu Li, Jody C. Fu, Pattie Maes and Suranga Nanayakkara. "Feel & See the Globe: A Thermal, Interactive Installation", In Proceedings of the 6th Augmented Human International Conference (AH '15), ACM, New York, NY, USA, 215-216. [PDF]
  • Roshan Lalintha Peiris, Nuwan Janaka, Deepthika De Silva, and Suranga Nanayakkara. 2014. SHRUG: stroke haptic rehabilitation using gaming. In Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures: the Future of Design (OzCHI '14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 380-383. [PDF]
  • Roshan Lalintha Peiris and Suranga Nanayakkara. 2014. PaperPixels: a toolkit to create paper-based displays. In Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures: the Future of Design (OzCHI '14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 498-504. [PDF]
  • Benjamin Petry, Santiago Ortega-Avila, Suranga Nanayakkara and Shaohui Foong. "Birdie: Towards a true flying experience". In “Workshop on Assistive Augmentation”, Extended Abstracts of the 32nd Annual SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI14). Toronto, Canada. [PDF]
  • Schroepfer, T., Nanayakkara, S. C., A., Wortmann, T., Cornelius, A., Khew, Y.N. and Lian, A., Yeo K.P., Peiris, R.L., Withana, A., Werry. I., Petry, B., Otega, S., Janaka, N., Elvitigala, S., Fernando, P., Samarasekara, N., 2014. iSwarm: a swarm of luminous sea creatures that interact with passers-by. In Singapore iLight 2014 (Marina Bay, Singapore, 7- 30 March, 2014). ​ [webpage]
  • Schroepfer, T., Nanayakkara, S. C., Withana, A., ​Pablo, J., Wortmann, T., Cornelius, A., Khew, Y.N. and Lian, A. 2014. nZwarm: a swarm of luminous sea creatures that interact with passers-by. In Wellington LUX 2014 (Wellington Waterfront, New Zealand, 22 31 August, 2014). ​ [Lux]
  • Schroepfer, T., Nanayakkara, S. C., Withana, A., Wortmann, T. , Cornelius, A., Khew, Y.N., Lian, A. 2014. Keepers & Bees: an interactive light-art installation of interactive critters that visitors can interact with in real time via their smartphones. In Singapore, Archifest 2014 (Keepers: Singapore Designer Collaborative, Orchard Green,Singapore, 26 Sep - 11 October, 2014). [ArchiFest14]
  • Santiago Ortega-Avila, Jochen Huber, Janaka Nanayakkarawasam, Anusha Withana, Piyum Fernando and Suranga Nanayakkara. "SparKubes: Exploring the Interplay between Digital and Physical Spaces with Minimalistic Interfaces". In OzCHI ’14: Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, ACM, 2014. [PDF]
  • Piyum Fernando, Roshan Lalintha Peiris, and Suranga Nanayakkara. 2014. I-Draw: towards a freehand drawing assistant. In Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures: the Future of Design (OzCHI '14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 208-211. [PDF]
  • Roman Lissermann, Jochen Huber, Aristotelis Hadjakos, Suranga Nanayakkara and Max Mühlhäuser. "EarPut: Augmenting Ear-worn Devices for Ear-based Interaction". In OzCHI ’14: Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, ACM, 2014. [PDF]
  • Roy Shilkrot, Jochen Huber, Connie K. Liu, Pattie Maes and Suranga Nanayakkara. “FingerReader: A Wearable Device to Support Text-Reading on the Go”. In Proceedings of CHI ’14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, p. 2359-2364. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Jochen Huber, Jun Rekimoto, Masahiko Inami, Roy Shilkrot, Pattie Maes, Meng Ee Wong, Graham Pullin and Suranga Nanayakkara. “Workshop on Assistive Augmentation” Proceedings of CHI ’14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, p. 103-106. [PDF], [URL]
  • Roy Shilkrot, Jochen Huber, Connie K. Liu, Pattie Maes and Suranga Nanayakkara. “A Wearable Text-Reading Device for the Visually-Impaired”. In Proceedings of CHI ’14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’14 – Video Showcase), p. 193-194. [DOI]
  • Kevin Fan, Jochen Huber, Suranga Nanayakkara and Masahiko Inami. “SpiderVision: Extending the Human Field of View for Augmented Awareness”. In Proceedings of the 5th Augmented Human International Conference (AH ’14), ACM, Article 49. [DOI]
  • Shanaka Ransiri, Roshan Lalintha Peiris, Kian Peen Yeo and Suranga Nanayakkara. 2013. SmartFinger: Connecting Devices, Objects and People seamlessly. In Proceedings of the 24th conference of the computer-human interaction special interest group of Australia on Computer-human interaction(OZCHI ’13). ACM, New York, NY, USA. [PDF]
  • Kian Peen Yeo, Suranga Nanayakkara. 2013. SpeechPlay: Composing and Sharing Expressive Speech Through Visually Augmented Text. In Proceedings of the 24th conference of the computer-human interaction special interest group of Australia on Computer-human interaction(OZCHI ’13). ACM, New York, NY, USA. [PDF]
  • Kian Peen Yeo, Suranga Nanayakkara, and Shanaka Ransiri. 2013. StickEar: making everyday objects respond to sound. In Proceedings of the 26th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology (UIST ’13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 221-226. [PDF]
  • Yeo K. P. and Nanayakkara S. C. “StickEar: Augmenting Objects and Places Wherever Whenever”, CHI Work In Progress, April. 2013. [PDF]
  • Hettiarachchi A., Nanayakkara S. C., Yeo K.P., Shilkrot R. and Maes P. ”FingerDraw: More than a Digital Paintbrush”, ACM SIGCHI Augmented Human, March, 2013. [PDF]
  • Nanayakkara S. C., Shilkrot R. Yeo K.P. and Maes P.”EyeRing: A Finger Worn Input Device for Seamless Interactions with our Surroundings”, ACM SIGCHI Augmented Human, March, 2013. [PDF]
  • Ransiri S. and Nanayakkara S.C. “SmartFinger: An Augmented Finger as a Seamless ‘Channel’ between Digital and Physical Objects”, ACM SIGCHI Augmented Human, March, 2013. [PDF]
  • Olberding S., Yeo K.P., Nanayakkara S.C. and Steimle J. “AugmentedForearm: Exploring the Design Space of a Display-enhanced Forearm”, ACM SIGCHI Augmented Human, March, 2013. [PDF]
  • Nanayakkara S.C., Wyse L., Ong S.H. and Taylor E. “Enhancing Musical Experience for the Hearing-impaired using Visual and Haptic Inputs”, Human-Computer Interaction, 28 (2), pp.115-160, 2013. [PDF]
  • Nanayakkara, S. C., Wyse, L., Taylor E. A. “The Haptic Chair as a Speech Training Aid for the Deaf”, OZCHI, 2012. [PDF]
  • Ransiri S. and Nanayakkara S. C. “WatchMe: Wrist-worn interface that makes remote monitoring seamless”, ASSETS, 2012. [PDF]
  • Nanayakkara, S. C., Wyse, L., Taylor E. A. “Effectiveness of the Haptic Chair in Speech Training”, ASSETS, 2012. [PDF]
  • Wyse L., Nanayakkara S.C., Seekings, P., Ong S.H. and Taylor E. “Palm-area sensitivity to vibrotactile stimuli above 1 kHz”, NIME’12. [PDF]
  • Nanayakkara S. C., Shilkrot R. and Maes P. “EyeRing: An Eye on a Finger”, CHI Interactivity (Research), May. 2012. Nanayakkara S. C., Shilkrot R. and Maes P. “EyeRing: An Eye on a Finger”, CHI Video, May. 2012. [PDF]
  • Nanayakkara S. C., Shilkrot R. and Maes P. “EyeRing: A Finger-worn Assistant”, CHI Work In Progress, May. 2012. [PDF]
  • Wyse L., Mitani N. and Nanayakkara S. C. “Biases and interaction effects in gestural acquisition of auditory targets using a hand-held device”, OZCHI’11, Nov. 2011. [PDF]
  • Mistry P., Nanayakkara S. C. and Maes P. “SPARSH: Passing Data using the Body as a Medium”, CSCW Interactivity, Mar. 2011. [PDF]
  • Mistry P., Nanayakkara S. C., and Maes P. “Touch and Copy, Touch and Paste”, CHI Interactivity, May. 2011. [PDF]
  • Wyse L., Mitani, N. and Nanayakkara, S.C. “The effect of visualizing audio targets in a musical listening and performance task”, NIME’11, Jun. 2011. [PDF]